19 Jun

Housebuilder Berkeley signals end to bumper earnings as profits fall

Group will target growth outside its traditional territory of London Profits at Berkeley Group fell by a fifth last year as the housebuilder signalled the end of a period of bumper earnings and said it would look outside its traditional territory in...

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17 Jun

From houses to wages, it's time we realised that size isn't everything | Julian Baggini

Our desire to always go one better is natural but that doesn’t mean we should let it consume us with envyAmong our nation’s many long-term property woes is that British homes are not only becoming less affordable, they’re also getting smaller. However,...

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17 Jun

I'm a first-time buyer – do I earn enough to get a mortgage?

I’m worried that the repayments on my help-to-buy loan will count against me with a lenderQ I hope you might be able to provide some insight for me as I begin my (optimistic) search for a first property. I’m 26 years old...

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15 Jun

Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents

The government has banned agencies from ripping off tenants – but there is evidence that rents are rising to offset the lossesThere were warnings that this month’s ban on rip-off tenant fees would result in rents being pushed up – and now...

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15 Jun

Second homes now worth nearly £1tn to Britons

Extra property wealth rises 50% but numbers of young families owning homes halves in 20 yearsProperty wealth in Britain from second homes has risen by more than 50% over the past two decades to reach nearly £1tn, according to a report that...

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14 Jun

Let’s move to Kendal, Cumbria: a proper town in permanent festival mode

You have the luxury of two of the most magnificent national parks – the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales – at the edge of townWhat’s going for it? Auld Grey Town, they call it, and under a heavy blanket of cloud and...

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14 Jun

Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt

More than half of those using the scheme could already afford a home. The government must stop propping up a broken marketConservative politicians have long professed their infallible belief that Britain should be a “property-owning democracy”. From Noel Skelton, who actually came...

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14 Jun

Homes for large families – in pictures

There’s plenty of space for your brood in these family-friendly properties, from London to Scotland Continue reading… Continue Reading

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11 Jun

Leasehold trap: watchdog investigates if homebuyers are treated unfairly

Competition and Markets Authority to look at mis-selling and potentially unfair contractsUK homeowners at risk of falling into the so-called “leasehold trap” could benefit from a new official investigation into potential misleading practices and unfair terms.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said...

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10 Jun

My daughter is helping us buy our retirement home – what if we go into care?

I’m worried she won’t get her contribution back if the property is sold to pay for our careQ Our daughter is contributing 25% of the price of our new retirement home. This enables us to buy it yet allows us to keep...

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